Inflated with optimism for their return to school under the sun on Monday in Angers, LREM deputies are projecting themselves in tight rows towards the 2022 deadlines, looking with greed at the disunity on the right and on the left.
“We are entering the home stretch of the five-year term (…) We have done our job”, “repaired the country” and “must now plan”, proclaims Christophe Castaner, boss of the LREM group for a year.
“The big difference with the oppositions is that we know who we want to have as a presidential candidate,” says Aurore Bergé, number 2 in the majority group.
Haute-Vienne elected Sophie Beaudoin-Hubière agrees: “There is no primary here. We have the immense luxury of knowing who will be our champion. There is no internal struggle. We will therefore be able to concentrate on the work that remains to be done ”.
After these parliamentary days in Maine-et-Loire, the “walking” deputies will find their way back to the Palais-Bourbon on Tuesday for six months that they want “useful”, before the final “cavalcade” which will lead them to the presidential election, then 49 days later in the legislative elections.
On the program of Parliament: the aftermath of the Covid-19 health crisis, the State and Social Security budgets against a backdrop of recovery, bills on justice and decentralization as well as the final adoption of a host of texts initiated by deputies (animals, economic equality, agriculture, etc.).
In Angers, where some 280 deputies, senators and around thirty ministers are expected, speculation was also rife on a hypothetical revival of the flammable pension reform by the end of the legislature, as argued by the daily Les Echos.
Opinions, very divided, often overlap with the old left / right divide. “This is an excellent reform at the start of a second five-year term,” said President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand. “We must put things back in the presidential debate.”
Conversely, Aurore Bergé has “the determination to demonstrate that until the end of the five-year term we can continue to transform and reform the country”. She says she is in favor of abolishing special diets.
The deputies, who are called upon to value the results of the past four years, however claim time to survey the field.
“We have to take responsibility for being in the countryside,” said party boss Stanislas Guerini.
“That September be devoted to the defense of the balance sheet”, adds Mr. Guerini with the key from next week the distribution of leaflets stamped “five years more” then in October, the launch of a major listening operation ” with our fellow citizens ”.
“The field campaign? Obviously the LREM deputies will be at the heart of the system. (Today) apart from the deputies, there is not much, “creaks a” walker “.
But LREM precisely seeks not to walk alone. The “common house” with the partners of the majority (Modem and Agir), in limbo for more than a year, is slow to materialize.
“We have to put the cars in the right order,” says Stanislas Guerini, as ex-Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is about to launch his own party on the right wing.
“The” common house “should not be a confederation like the UDF, or a single party like the UMP”, argued in Angers the Minister Modem in charge of Relations with Parliament, Marc Fesneau. In unison with François Bayrou, his leader, he calls for everyone’s political “identity” to be respected.
For these last parliamentary days of the quinquennium, the proverbial “Angevin gentleness” seems to have won the LREM deputies, convinced that all the signals are green. Or almost.
“We have to be careful that serenity is not synonymous with too many certainties. Nothing is written. No one can say that the presidential election is over, “warns a heavyweight in the majority.